Winterfest - Free State Brewing Co.

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85
very good

92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co. visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 11-08-2011)
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Photo of Boto
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Brewery: This one pours a crystal clear copper color. There was about a finger of off-white lacing that left a good deal of lacing. Good nose. There was a good whiff of citrus hops. Some grassy notes also. It has a nice taste. Good malt body, along with a good hop bite. Very smooth and well balanced. A very good IPA.

Photo of MinorThreat
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a clean deep amber with a finger of creme colored head leaving behind nice lacing. smells of green peas, slight oxidation, grassy hops. weird, this smells like it's an old ipa, but it's a current seasonal.. hmm. the taste is of a fresh pale ale. hints of honey, tea like herbal flavor, grassy hops. a nice sweet malt profile. medium body with a stick feeling left behind. moderate carbonation.

a decent ipa.. nothing out of the ordinary, but not bad.

Photo of djtomain
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of gkjhawk
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of jewellrunner
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Hellpop65
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of baxter94
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Chuck_25
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with gold highlights. It had a one-finger head of bubbly off-white foam that left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity and piney with some burnt toast notes.

T - It tasted of tropical fruits, pine and burnt toast maltiness. Nice bitter hop presence.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a good winter seasonal. Love having an IPA for a seasonal.

Photo of Jamiee
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD of the 1st week of March 2013

Pours copper with a finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Floral, grassy & piney hops, plus grapefruit.

T: Grapefruit peels, some bready & piney notes up front. More grapefruit & pine & as this warms, some pear notes as well. Finishes piney wth a touch of grassyness, grapefruit & grapefruit peel

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, nice balance

A fairly refreshing IPA , was hoping for a litte more heft for a winter IPA

Photo of e911mann
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of rwhitmore
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of siege06nd (thanks John!). It pours a medium copper color with an off-white foam that leaves wispy clumps of dry lace. it smells well balanced, with a good deal of caramel malt offsetting the resiny hops.

It tastes just as balanced as it smells, sweet up front with a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Not bad at all but sort of middle of the pack among all the IPA choices in the world. I do like the choice of an IPA for a winter beer, much better than spiced Christmas ales.

Photo of ratedz
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly burnt orange color with about an inch of eggshell colored head. The retention is fairly impressive and as the head did slowly fade, it left behind a lot of lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus fruits, most notably grapefruit and lemon. Some piney bitterness lingers along with a little malty sweetness. Excellent overall, the smell begs you to take a sip.

T - Follows the nose with citrus flavors blending with pine needles. The sweet malts are a little more present here than they were in the nose, but the hops are the main attraction.

M - Medium body with light to average carbonation. Fairly consistent with what I would expect for the style.

O - Overall, a solid offering from Free State and my favorite of their bottled beers so far. I hope they keep this as their winter seasonal and certainly wouldn't complain if it became a year round release.

Winterfest from Free State Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.